Ella Mawson

blue mosque istanbul

By Ella
On: 26th April, 2021

Souqs and Street Eats: The Top 8 Things to do in Istanbul

  • Istanbul

Istanbul, Europe's largest city, is a vibrant metropolis known for its beautiful architecture, colourful souks and fragrant spice bazaars. When it comes to choosing the top things to do in Istanbul, you are so spoilt for choice that it can be hard to pack everything into a single trip. If…

By Ella
On: 19th April, 2021

What is a Delta? A Lesson on The Okavango Delta

  • The Okavango Delta & Beyond

Something that has become abundantly clear this year is that people love the challenge of a good old fashioned quiz. Whether it's a traditional pub quiz, or a virtual get together with friends and family from the comfort of our homes, many of us have been putting our general knowledge to the…

Woman riding horse on beach

By Ella
On: 12th April, 2021

Place Your Bets for the 2021 Holiday Destinations on the Green List

  • Caribbean
  • Iceland
  • Israel
  • Malta
  • Portugal
  • Seychelles
  • Sri Lanka
  • USA

It's been an exciting few days, with a certain famous steeplechase race taking place last weekend in the UK, but we suspect most eyes are on the far bigger prize: the 2021 Grand (Inter)National to enjoy foreign holidays. The good news is that the Chief Steward, one Boris Johnson, has…

By Ella
On: 24th March, 2021

Meet the Travel Experts

We believe that expertise, experience and passion are key to creating a holiday that goes beyond the norm, and that Original Travel has all three in bucket loads.

By Ella
On: 18th March, 2021

The Best Easter Holiday Destinations for 2022 and Beyond

  • Paris
  • Seville
  • Oman
  • The Algarve
  • Cyprus

While there's nothing wrong with staying at home and stuffing your face with chocolate, Easter is a great time of year for a holiday. Make the most of the school break with a further-afield family getaway, or stay closer to home and soak up the sun with a beachy break in Europe or a festive…

By Ella
On: 1st March, 2021

‘Call of the Wild’: The Best Adventure Holidays to Make up For Lost Time

  • Guyana
  • Yukon
  • Namibia
  • Iceland
  • Australia
  • Mongolia

In a year of lockdowns and travel restrictions, it's easy to feel a bit cooped up. If you find yourself - like a certain 140-pound St. Bernard by the name of Buck - lured by the call of the wild, we've got you covered. From treks through the lush rainforests of Guyana in South America, to…

man carnival brazil

By Ella
On: 11th January, 2021

The Top Five Happiest Countries in the World 2020

  • Finland
  • Denmark
  • Switzerland
  • Iceland
  • Norway

Every year, the World Happiness Report is released, revealing the list of the happiest countries in the world. These are destinations where people feel safe and secure, there is a strong community spirit, and work and life are actually in balance. This year, the Nordic countries have…

By Ella
On: 14th December, 2020

Bon Appetit! Our Favourite Food Holidays Around the World

  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • The Winelands and Cape
  • Oaxaca & Chiapas
  • Greece

Travel is an activity that activates all the senses - especially the taste buds. Whether it's just-caught lobster in Nova Scotia, a rich and creamy pasta dish in Italy, or a little bit of everything in foodie haven, Melbourne, feasting on local delicacies is a great way to sink your teeth…

By Ella
On: 30th November, 2020

Where the Wild Things Are: Our Favourite Wildlife Experiences Around the World

  • British Columbia
  • Churchill
  • Iceland
  • Romania
  • Portugal
  • Tanzania
  • Guyana

One of the best things about travel is the full spectrum of experiences on offer. There are city tours and cooking classes for those who crave culture; riding safaris and kayaking excursions for the adrenaline junkies; and then there are the wildlife experiences which can include everything…

Woman in Bali

By Ella
On: 25th November, 2020

Boycott Black Friday... (and Celebrate Green Friday Instead)

Sick of endless Black Friday emails, ads and pop-ups? Ticked off as to why the UK has even picked up this Thanksgiving-specific consumer culture from our American friends in the first place? Us too. That's why we're boycotting Black Friday and celebrating Green Friday instead. In short,…